CONFERENCE “TRANSFORMATIONS FROM SLUM TO CHIC” IN DAUGAVPILS City news
On 20th February around 50 specialists in fields of spatial planning and construction, property management, as well as business and urban development from project partner institutions (Latvian Office of Euroregion "Country of lakes", Joint Municipal Institution “Rēzekne Special Economic Zone Authority”, Rezekne Municipality, Daugavpils City Council, Kraslava Municipality Council, Panevėžys City Municipality Administration, Visaginas Municipality Administration) gathered for project’s “Trans-form” final conference “Transformations from Slum to Chic” in Daugavpils. In cozy premises of Family Digital Activity Hub of Latgale Central Library, specialists had an opportunity to discuss the most topical issues in revitalization of brownfields.
Moderator of the event Živilė Šimkutė, architect-urbanist, “MASH Studio”, Lithuania, opened the conference looking back at achieved in the project. Laila Vilmane, Project Manager, Latvian Office of Euroregion “Country of lakes”, Latvia, explained how the idea and partnership of project “Trans-form” was born. Conference was organized in three stations – each of them had a dedicated topic and specialists from respective areas shared their knowledge.
First station “Knowledge in revitalisation of brownfields” focused on capacity of territorial planners and legal experts working at municipalities and municipal institutions improved within project “Trans-form” through series of theoretical trainings, study trips and elaborated methodological handbook that also was presented.
During second station “Transformation of degraded areas into sustainable environment”, participants shared the elaborated technical projects and planning documents, maps for revitalisation of particular sites, as well as demo projects in cleaning the degraded and contaminated territories. Development of Daugavpils city was presented as well, including implemented and planned projects in the territory of Daugavpils Fortress.
Third station “Awareness on land revitalisation” was an opportunity to discuss how to raise awareness of the importance and benefits that bring revitalisation of brownfields to local communities. Invited experts - Martynas Marozas, urbanist, expert in public involvement processes, MMAP, Lithuania; Dr.psych., assoc.prof. Aleksejs Ruža, Daugavpils University, Department of Social Psychology, Latvia; Lina Blažytė, Director, Public Institution "Communion and Social Innovation Center", the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.
At the end of each session there were panel discussions organized about the most topical issues in urban planning and revitalization of brownfields.
Conference was organized within the frameworks of Interreg V-A Latvia – Lithuania Programme 2014-2020 project No. LLI- 386 „Trans-form”.
Project implementation period
24 months: April, 2018 – April, 2020
Project budget: 520 348,94 EUR
ERDF funding: 442 296,58 EUR
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Sintija Rabčevska, Spatial Development Planner